Frugal Things I Did Last Week

27 Sep

The hat I made for Eli last week using a free tutorial and free fabric.


Brandon, Eli & I went hiking at Big Bone Lick State Park which was free (minus the gas).  We stayed a couple of hours and had a lovely time.  They even have a bison herd there.

I used THIS tutorial from Melly Sews to make a Gatsby (Newsboy) hat for Elijah using scrap material my mom had given me.  I used a scrap piece of plastic canvas instead of buckram to line the bill.  It turned out way too big for some reason but I’m still glad I made it.  The only cost involved was the minimal cost of thread.  🙂  The hat turned out a little bit big (I don’t know why) but I may add a tuck in the back.

I purchased 3 Kwik Sew patterns when they were on sale for under $5 each.  These patterns are wonderful with excellent instructions.  I also paid $4 to have them shipped which is still cheaper than my driving to a fabric store to buy them.

Visited a thrift store and 2 consignment stores this past week trying to find Eli fall/winter clothes.  I succeeded in purchasing 1 pair of pants, some new underwear, 3 shirts, and a darling pair of boots.  I also purchased 2 baskets with liners to use for organization and something for Christmas for Brandon.  (I’m not saying what it is because he does read the blog.  I just don’t know how closely he reads it.)  😉

I made Cloud Dough with Eli using the rest of a bottle of baby oil we already had.  See my post here for the recipe.    😉

I made homemade Basil Pesto from basil from our garden for the first time.  I served it over top of Bow Tie pasta.  At Brandon’s request I also made homemade marinara sauce for dipping from our garden tomatoes.

I ordered a Christmas present (nightgown) shipped for less than $2.

I washed several plastic baggies to re-use.  Not only is this frugal it is great for the environment.  I do not however re-use any bag that has had raw meat stored in it.

I made homemade cleaner (orange vinegar).  I infused orange peels for 2-3 weeks in vinegar and then removed the orange peels.  So far I”m about 50/50 on whether I will make another batch of this.  I personally don’t care at all for the smell of vinegar (although it is crazy frugal) but the orange scent does help a lot.  Next time I may increase the ratio or orange peels to vinegar.

What sort of frugal activities have you done this week? 

4 Responses to “Frugal Things I Did Last Week”

  1. Melissa September 27, 2012 at 3:30 am #

    Cute hat! I think the too big is my pattern’s fault – I’m still not entirely happy with it. But at least he has room to grow!

    • emersonfamily September 27, 2012 at 10:57 pm #

      That’s okay. It is probably just my sewing. 🙂 I did really enjoy using your tutorial. Thank you so much! It’s only my second hat ever and it was so easy! The first hat I made was a disaster. (I blame the bad McCalls pattern.) I”ll have to try some of your other tutorials in the future.

    • Norma October 6, 2016 at 4:33 am #

      Sorry but I don’t know what I’m douing wrong I did evrithing a few times plz I would like to get the pattern love it crosi cross plz help thank you

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